Wishlists can provide shoppers with a way to procrastinate on making a purchase decision. Removing the “add to wishlist” feature will reduce unnecessary distractions, encouraging shoppers to focus on the “add to cart” button and complete their purchase.
THE RESULTS SO FAR*
*These results reflect the average findings of all participating merchants and are not guaranteed for all users.
THE EXPERIMENT IN ACTION
CONTROL – MOBILE
TREATMENT – MOBILE
What We Are Doing
We are removing the “add to wishlist” option from the merchant websites in the treatment group.
Why We Are Doing It
A recent study by the Nielsen Norman Group found that shoppers are often reluctant to use wishlists as they expect them to entail a high interaction cost (e.g. registration, account set up). Despite this, wishlists are increasing in popularity and are a common feature on many eCommerce sites. The “add to wishlist” feature offers buyers a means to procrastinate on making a purchasing decision. Removing the feature may encourage shoppers to complete their transaction faster.
ANALYSIS OF DATA
What it Means
Removing the wishlist feature is delivering positive results for all core metrics across all device types. This suggests that the absence of the wishlist button creates more urgency for the buyer to complete the transaction and removes the “I’ll buy it later” mentality.
Currently, we are seeing the greatest impact among mobile shoppers. This could be due to the fact that wishlist take up valuable real estate on a mobile device screen — removing the feature is delivering a positive RPV lift for 81.6% of merchants.
Things To Consider
Merchants in the fashion industry noticed mild dips in revenue per visit from the removal of the wishlist feature. This could be due to the fact that fashion buyers like to save items for later as they build their complete outfit or watch saved items in the hope that they’ll get a deal during seasonal sales.
WHO SHOULD USE IT
We recommend this experiment for any merchant who currently have a wishlist feature on their eCommerce site. If wishlists are a much-used feature in your industry, approach this experiment with caution.